Treating Animals with Integrity
At Red Robin, Unwavering Integrity is part of our brand promise. (It’s the “U” in our core B.U.R.G.E.R. values.) We are committed to doing the right thing – even when no one is looking. That includes our commitment to farm animal welfare – seeking and supporting suppliers that exceed the highest industry standards for humane farming. Here are some examples of what we are currently doing to support the humane treatment of farm animals in our supply chain.
Red Robin began adding cage-free eggs to our supply chain in 2009. Since then, while the availability and cost of cage-free eggs has varied, we continue to serve cage-free eggs in all of our restaurants in California – by far our biggest market which represents approximately 20% of all Red Robin egg purchases.
Broiler Chicken Welfare
Red Robin is committed to working with our suppliers and others in the food industry to, by 2024, align with broiler chicken welfare standards established by the Global Animal Partnership (GAP). These GAP standards include a transition to breeds that have improved welfare outcomes, reduction in maximum stocking density to provide more space for birds per GAP standards, improvements in growing environment for birds – including litter, lighting and enrichment – and processing that uses a humane, multi-step controlled-atmosphere system.
No Added Hormones or Steroids
Our poultry is free of any added hormones and steroids, 100% sourced from family-owned farms that do not use antibiotics to promote animal growth. In addition, our turkey supplier is American Humane Association certified, and our chicken wings and sliced turkey are produced using humane controlled atmosphere processing methods.
Humanely Raised Pork
Our current sources for pork is 100% raised domestically with 33% raised in group housing of sows and away from the use of gestation crates.
Our suppliers of cheese and other dairy products are participants in the National Milk Producers Federation FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) program, which holds members to "the highest standard of animal care, and environmental and antibiotic stewardship." We encourage suppliers in our dairy supply chain to support industry efforts that promote the humane care and handling of cattle, including continued exploration of responsible polled breeding practices.
Red Robin is pleased to offer our Guests two non-meat, plant-based protein patties as a vegan and gluten-free option available on any of our Gourmet Burgers:
- Red Robin's Veggie Patty – a delicious patty custom blended from ancient grains and quinoa.
- The Impossible™ Burger patty – a fire-grilled patty made from plants with all the meaty deliciousness of beef.
Third-party Animal Welfare Audits
We require all of our suppliers to participate in third-party audits to ensure the humane treatment of all animals in Red Robin's supply chain, as well as compliance with our animal welfare standards. We follow up on any reports of farm animal mistreatment and take actions consistent with our animal welfare policy. Any supplier who fails to comply with our animal welfare standards is subject to removal from our supply chain.
With a Relentless Focus on Improvement (also among our core B.U.R.G.E.R. Values), we are always striving to be better. We continue to support supplier and food industry initiatives that promote the humane treatment of farm animals and expand the availability of humanely raised food for our guests.